Japan’s ruling and opposition camps have agreed to hold a meeting on Thursday to discuss the state funeral of the late former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo.
Abe was shot and killed during an election campaign speech in July. His funeral is scheduled for September 27 in Tokyo. The government will foot the entire bill, which is estimated to be around 1.66 billion yen, or about $11.5 million.
Leaders of the Lower House Steering Committee met on Wednesday and agreed to hold the Diet meeting out of session on Thursday afternoon. A question-and-answer session is scheduled following briefings by Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno Hirokazu.
The ruling and opposition parties have also agreed that the meeting will last up to around 90 minutes.
Democratic Constitutional Party lawmaker Ryu Hirofumi, who is the main opposition leader of the steering committee, told reporters that the state funeral had yet to gain the understanding of the general public. Expressing concern that the total cost of the funeral could increase, he said he hoped to discuss the matter fully at the next meeting.
A similar meeting will likely take place in the Upper House after Thursday’s meeting.